Siting a Beverage Container Redemption Facility at 17th & Burnside?

OREGON BEVERAGE RECYCLING COOPERATIVE (OBRC) has applied for approval as a  Beverage Container Redemption Center at 1710 W Burnside St., Portland, OR The applicant  proposes to provide beverage container redemption services for the following stores:

  • Fred Meyer #360, 100 NW 20th Pl., Portland
  • Safeway #2448, 1030 SW Jefferson St., Portland
  • Safeway #2790, 1303 NW Lovejoy St., Portland

If the application is approved by OLCC, the redemption center will provide redemption services for bottles, cans and other containers that are subject to an Oregon bottle deposit. Redemption services include accepting returnable cans and bottles and other containers and paying the bottle return fee. This center will accept containers that are subject to the Oregon 5-cent deposit, even if the containers were purchased at other Oregon stores. If approved, the stores listed above will no longer accept returnable containers.

The OLCC will approve a redemption center if it will provide a convenient service to consumers for the return of empty beverage containers. The applicant proposes to be open seven days per week from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm in the summer, and from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm during the rest of the year. The center proposes to accept up to 350 containers per person per day and to make special arrangements to accept larger quantities from fundraiser and donation accounts.

If approved, the redemption center is anticipated to open late August 2014. As part of our application process, we are posting this public notice. You can view a copy of the redemption center application online at

To provide feedback about this application, e-mail Kelly Routt. Please identify the store(s) used to redeem your containers. You can also send your comments to OLCC, attn: Kelly Routt, P.O. Box 22297, Milwaukie, OR 97269-2297.

Date of Notice: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Respond by: Monday, June 9, 2014

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TriMet Proposes Youth Fare Reduction, Feedback Sought

TriMet is proposing to reduce its youth fares to lower costs for schools and all young people in the tri-county region to make transit more affordable. The agency is proposing to reduce the single-ride ticket by 40 cents, from $1.65 to $1.25, and reduce the monthly pass by $2, from $30 to $28. Youth fares are for those between the ages of 7 and 17. They are looking for feedback on this proposal.

PPS Program: Additionally, all 12,600 Portland Public School District (PPS) high school students will receive free transit passes for the coming school year under the Student Pass Program. PPS is the only school district in the metro region that does not provide yellow bus  service to high school students, and is the only district that TriMet provides a discounted fare program.

For the past two years, the City of Portland, PPS and TriMet have shared the cost of the PPS Student Pass Program, which costs about $3 million. TriMet will reduce its contribution to the PPS in the form of reduced fare revenue of $634,000. That reduction, along with reducing the cost of the Youth fares and using $140,000 from uncommitted funds from the agency’s Low Income Mitigation fund means that the reduction in Youth fares will have no financial impact on TriMet’s budget. In previous years, state funding covered the cost of the PPS program, but is no longer available.

For more information about School Pass Programs, contact Tom Strader, (503 962-6424) who coordinates TriMet’s Fare Programs. Feedback on this proposal also can be sent to:

  • Phone: 503-238-RIDE (7433)
  • Email:
  • Mail: TriMet Public Affairs, 1800 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97201
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Fact & Fiction: Carprowls & Keyless Entry Systems

Most people are aware of the inherent risks of leaving property or valuables inside an unattended vehicle. A locked car is about as secure as a using the word “password” as your computer password. Leaving any property in plain view is a red carpet invitation for a thief to break a window and steal that camera, laptop, purse, or gym bag. But thieves are beginning to use a different method to steal property from cars.

There is a lot of urban legend surrounding a device thieves are using which defeats the keyless entry system of some modern vehicles. An Internet search reveals a host of theories, conspiracies, and grainy video. Though police investigations continue, let’s try to sort truth from fiction:


  • The device does not capture the signal between the keyfob and vehicle, allowing the would-be thief to clone the car remote and gain access.
  • The device is unlikely to jam the lock signal, allowing the would-be thief to gain access to a car believed to be locked.
  • The device does not work on all cars, regardless of make, model and year.


  • The device is hand-held and deployed through either close proximity or touching the target vehicle.
  • The device appears to exploit a weakness in the factory alarm system, fooling the vehicle into unlocking its own doors.
  • The device allows the thieves to gain access to certain makes, models, and years of cars. A vehicle pattern has not yet been established but newer model cars may not be immune.

What does this mean for vehicle owners?

Historically, thieves looking to steal property from cars would first check the interior, looking for a potential item of interest worth smashing the window and taking. With the device in hand, the thief simply walks down the street, entering any vehicle which responds to the unlock signal.

The most effective method to prevent loss of valuables and property is leaving your vehicle showroom clean. If you must leave valuables inside a vehicle, place those items in the trunk and disable the internal trunk release. Though not a perfect solution, this is the best deterrent at this time.

Finally, if you believe you’ve been a car prowl victim, please report that crime to the police. This will allow our investigations to more accurately track and potentially solve these sorts of crimes.

An important note for owners who believe their car was entered (even if nothing was stolen): the device may cause residual electrical or computer problems. Owners are encouraged to contact their local vehicle service department for additional diagnostics/evaluation.

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Goose Hollow Business District Recruiting Volunteers

The Goose Hollow Business District is seeking passionate individuals with BIG ideas.

Do you have what it takes to:

  • Establish Goose Hollow’s IDENTITY
  • Make crucial DECISIONS about strategic PRIORITIES
  • PLAN and EXECUTE events
  • Spread the word about exciting DEVELOPMENTS
  • IMPROVE the streetscape needs YOU!

Join your business neighbors for light refreshments and spirited conversation May 27, 5:30pm at Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th Ave.

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Graffiti Abatement Summit

Date: Tuesday May 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Place: OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave.

Training for residents, businesses, community advocates and volunteers who want to take their neighborhood back and clean up graffiti. You will leave the event with the graffiti supplies needed to improve livability in your neighborhood. Preregistration required — email Dennis Loguidice. Sponsored by Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Friendly Streets.

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Become a Harvest Leader with Portland Fruit Tree Project!

Harvest season is right around the corner. Join Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need…
Become a Harvest Leader

Harvesting parties bring people together to harvest fruit that might otherwise go to waste, and make it available to people in need. Each harvesting party is co-led by 2 volunteer Harvest Leaders. Harvest Leaders are responsible for overseeing and leading harvest participants, distributing harvested fruit, and keeping accurate harvest records. Portland Fruit Tree Project will provide all of the necessary training, materials, and support. Each Leader is expected to co-lead at least 6 harvesting parties in the 2014 harvest season (July – November).

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ABC’s of Land Use

Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. – gather and eat, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — workshop
Place: North Portland Neighborhood Services, Historic Kenton Fire House, 8105 N. Brandon Ave.

Learn the basics of how the City of Portland’s land use and development review processes work. Get hands-on experience with a land use review case study, including review of a development proposal and site plan, identification of relevant issues, and effective ways to respond to the approval criteria.

Introduction by Meegan Watts, chair of the Kenton Neighborhood Association and Mary Jaron Kelley, North Portland Neighborhood Services. Presented by John Cole and Lesli Lum, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Paul Leistner, Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Dinner and Refreshments will be provided. Workshop is free. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 30 people.


For more information about registering, contact

Who should attend:

  • Neighborhood and Business Association land use activists
  • Anyone thinking about getting more active with their Association’s land use committees
  • Anyone interested in general City-related land use decision-making processes
  • What you will learn:
  • What does it mean to be a neighborhood land use chairperson?
  • Overview of the State, Metro, and City land use planning framework
  • The Planning Bureau’s District Liaison Program
  • The Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code
  • How to access and read Zoning Maps
  • What is a Land Use Review and how it differs from a building permit
  • Comparison of the Land Review Processes: Type I, II, IIX, and III
  • How to read and respond to a Land Use Review Notice
  • Perspectives of an experienced Neighborhood Representative
  • The Appeal Process

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.

Call 503 823-5284, TTY 503 823-6868 with such requests.

Call 7 days advance to request assistance for any accessibility accommodations and/or language interpretation. Limited number of child care vouchers available.

Workshop location is wheelchair accessible. The main area of the meeting space is accessible to wheelchairs at the “name” entrance. The bathroom has some accessibility features but may be challenging for larger mobility devices. Call ahead for more information — 503 823-5284.

Co-Sponsored by: North Portland Neighborhood Services, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

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Couch Park Playgroud Structure Closed, Community Meeting 4/29

The Couch Park Playground structure was recently closed because it was deemed ‘unsafe.’ Join your neighbors at the upcoming Couch Park Play Structure Community Meeting.

Date: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Time: 6:00 -8:00 PM
Where: MLC Auditorium, 2033 NW Glisan St
Organized by: MLC PTSA


  1. Intro
  2. Presentation and Questions/Answers with Portland Parks & Recreation: Senior Planning, Development and Asset Manager, Kia Selley and Terri Davis, West Service Zone Manager
  3. Questions/Answers with Portland Public School Rep
  4. Next Steps: What do the children need and how do we make that happen?
  5. Interim play spaces/plans
    1. Accessing all stakeholders*
    2. Organizing for the play structure/park
    3. Next Meeting and where to access updates

If you are unable to attend and want to be included in updates, please email the MLC PTA  and they will add you to the contact list.

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Liquor Licensing Public Forum

The City of Portland’s Liquor Licensing Program will be hosting a  public forum on City of Portland liquor licensing and alcohol policy.

  • Learn about tools available to address common concerns at licensed establishments.
  • Inform City staff about concerns with establishments in your area and where energy should be expended.
  • Learn about City process when working with a location that has received complaints
  • Communicate concerns regarding liquor licensed establishments in your area and inform future City policy.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Portland Community College, 1626 SE Water Ave near OMSI
NOTE: Parking at PCC is $5.00 per day

To RSVP call 503‐823‐4520 or email Patrick Owen.

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Neighborhoods USA Conference

What is the NUSA conference?
NUSA 2014 provides an opportunity to learn from neighborhood and community leaders gathering from across the country, sharing experiences and creating the change necessary for healthy, safe and vibrant communities. It is neighborhood leaders and active residents such as you that make the difference in American neighborhoods. The conference has several tracks catering to a variety of neighborhood interests, including:

  • ABCs of Organizing
  • Bring on the Fun! Parks, Art & Culture
  • Caring & Save Communities
  • Creating Inclusive Communities
  • Eating Well Close to Home
  • Growing Green
  • Town, Gown & Neighborhood Relations

For more conference information,  review a PDF of the NUSA Registration Booklet.

What is Neighborhoods, USA?
Neighborhoods, USA is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Created in 1975 to share information and experiences toward building stronger communities, NUSA now continues to encourage networking and information sharing to facilitate the development of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector.

Registration closes May 2—Act fast!
Registration closes May 2nd.

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